Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Good morning...Gluten-free Tahoe ~

Don't you just love waking up to and sipping a warm, frothy hot chocolate or latte, such as this one above? Mmmmmm. I do, and I consumed this little delight at a the Blue Mountain Coffee Co. in Tahoe City last weekend - they used Ghirardelli chocolate that's gluten-free! Stop by for one, yourself.

January 2009 was quite a rough month and start to the New Year for me, health-wise, let's just say. I was hit hard with gluten poisoning on Jan. 3rd and then with a terrible flu bug a week ago, so needless to say, my stomach hates me right now. As terribly careful as I am when eating out, it's obviously still not another lesson learned the hard way.

But on a brighter note, I did dare venture out to dinner for the first time in six weeks while in Tahoe last weekend, at the Lone Eagle Grille, part of the gorgeous Hyatt Regency property in Incline Village. I love the atmosphere of this Tahoe-esq restaurant and the bar scene is so much fun -lively people gathered 'round rustic, elegant tables and the outdoor fire pit, along with tons of children enjoying a night out with mom and dad - it's lovely and the view of Lake Tahoe (before sunset) is wonderful. But really, I'm mentioning this because you CAN eat very well and very gluten-free at the Lone Eagle. Over the years of visiting this haute-spot on the Lake, I've never had an issue with my food being prepared improperly, and this time was no exception. The server was very well versed in all things gluten-free, and guided me through my meal choices. It was very reassuring.

I ordered this delicious salmon dish (above)created with care and corn starch! And I was able to order their fantastic Butternut squash/apple soup that was perfectly gluten-free. It was a delicious and safe meal, not to mention the lively atmosphere, great music and company.

Eating at the Lone Eagle Grille is a treat...meaning that it is rather pricey and perhaps saved for a special night out, but truly it's worth it to be able to dine safely and with quite the view for dessert.

Enjoy Tahoe!

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